Beating strokes with technology

Written on Thursday 14th December 2017

Collaboration and innovation results in an important new resource that helps local commissioners save lives and money through improved management of AF related strokes. Harvey Walsh (An OPEN Health company) has worked in partnership with Greater Manchester AHSN and more latterly, Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) to develop a web-based interactive dashboard that aims to ‘socialise’ a range of potentially complex data sets.

The societal costs of stroke in the UK are estimated at £8.9 billion per year, with treatment costs accounting for 5% of total UK NHS costs. Strokes related to AF are often more severe and cost more than non-AF strokes, with higher morbidity and mortality[1].

Identified as an area requiring focus to improve patient outcomes and reduce NHS burden, Harvey Walsh, working in partnership with Greater Manchester AHSN and more latterly, Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP), developed a web-based interactive dashboard. The tool aims to ‘socialise’ a range of potentially complex data sets, including AF prevalence, stroke incidence and anti-coagulant treatment into one user-friendly portal, with the ultimate aim of improving knowledge about anti-coagulation services and AF related strokes and providing a stimulator and accelerator for positive, meaningful change.


Endorsed by The Stroke Association and Public Health England , the tool provides each CCG with timely and accurate access to their own data with comparisons provided to National, Regional and RightCare matched averages. The tool provides insights into each CCG’s local AF patient pathway to enable commissioners to pinpoint areas to direct resources to where they are needed most; in line with NICE CG180 for best practice to improve standards of care in AF, including anticoagulation for patients at high risk of stroke.

 “The AF landscaping tool has brought some much needed clarity for the CCGs that we are working with. It also makes it much easier to spot areas within the pathway that are not optimal and therefore would benefit from additional resources.” - Anthony Anandan, Imperial College Health Partners.

Following the success of the tool, ICHP and Harvey Walsh have formed a strong partnership approach and are further collaborating and innovating in the realm of technology, data and insights, through the development of multiple systems and publications that aim to pinpoint areas where patient care and outcomes could be improved, including:

-   National Atrial Fibrillation Business Case Generator Online

-          National Sepsis Insights Dashboard

-          Electronic Referral/Advice & Guidance Insights Dashboard

-          Delayed Transfer of Care Dashboard

-          National NOAC Data Insights Publication

-          National Cardiovascular Publication

For further information please contact Chris Hodgson on, Commercial Director at Harvey Walsh.

*All data accessible within the dashboard is non sensitive, pseudonymised and aggregated to Practice and CCG levels – small numbers are supressed. Data copyright NHS Digital 2017.